The History of Barn Elms and the Kit Cat Club: Now the Ranelagh Club

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Verlag nicht ermittelbar, 1889 - Počet stran: 287
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Strana 57 - Mr. Pope was with Sir Godfrey Kneller one day, when his nephew, a Guinea trader, came in. ' Nephew,' said Sir Godfrey, 'you have the honour of seeing the two greatest men in the world.' — ' I don't know how great you may be,' said the Guinea man, ' but I don't like your looks : I have often bought a man much better than both of you together, all muscles and bones, for ten guineas.
Strana 183 - Yet soft his nature, though severe his lay, His anger moral, and his wisdom gay. Blest satirist ! who touch'd the mean so true, As show'd, vice had his hate and pity too. Blest courtier ! who could king and country please, Yet sacred keep his friendships, and his ease. Blest peer ! his great forefathers...
Strana 25 - And so her husband challenged him, and they met yesterday in a close near Barne Elmes, and there fought ; and my Lord Shrewsbury is run through the body, from the right breast through the shoulder ; and Sir John Talbot all along, up one of his arms ; and Jenkins killed upon the place, and the rest all in a little measure wounded.
Strana 33 - Kit-cat' took its name, Few critics can unriddle : Some say from ' Pastrycook ' it came, And some, from 'cat' and 'fiddle.' From no trim beaux its name it boasts, Gray statesmen, or green wits ; But from this pellmell pack of toasts Of old ' cats ' and young
Strana 181 - he was the finest gentleman of the voluptuous court of Charles the Second, and in the gloomy one of King "William. He had as much wit as his first master, or his contemporaries, Buckingham and Rochester, without the royal want of feeling, the duke's want of principles, or the earl's want of thought.
Strana 31 - ... that happy virgin, who is received and drunk to at their meetings, has no more to do in this life, but to judge and accept of the first good offer. The manner of her inauguration is much like that of the choice of a doge in Venice : it is performed by balloting ; and when she is so chosen, she reigns indisputably for that ensuing year ; but must be elected anew to prolong her empire a moment beyond it. When she is regularly chosen, her name is written with a diamond on a drinking-glass.
Strana 125 - It is said that when Addison had suffered any vexation from the Countess he withdrew the company from Button's house. From the coffee-house he went again to a tavern, where he often sat late...
Strana 183 - The scourge of pride, though sanctify'd or great, Of fops in learning, and of knaves in state ; Yet soft in nature, though severe his lay, His anger moral, and his wisdom gay. Blest satirist ! who touch'd the mean so true, As show'd, Vice had his hate and pity too. Blest courtier ! who could king and country please, Yet sacred kept his friendship, and his ease. Blest peer ! his great forefather's every grace Reflecting, and reflected on his race ; Where other Buckhursts, other Dorsets shine, And...
Strana 53 - As I was sitting by Sir Godfrey Kneller one day, whilst he was drawing a picture, he stopped and said, ' I can't do so well as I should do unless you flatter me a little. Pray flatter me, Mr. Pope ; you know I love to be flattered.
Strana 21 - I away to my boat, and, up with it as far as Barne Elmes, reading of Mr. Evelyn's late new book against Solitude,2 in which I do not find much excess of good matter, though it be pretty for a bye discourse.

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